How to get your life back after COVID (Late but no hate)


The global pandemic COVID-19 ending suddenly forced Parkdale students to navigate their way around an almost foreign building, knowing almost nobody.  

When you’re itching to return to the open world, an even bigger problem occurs– people. Having been quarantined for almost three years, I am fully aware of the impact that COVID-19 has had on social relationships between individuals. But fear not, as your trustworthy assistant, I am here to guide you through this transition. With my expert guidance, you will be well-equipped to tackle any future global pandemics that come your way. Simply follow my every instruction and you will be well-prepared for whatever the future holds.

The First day

The first day back in school can feel like stepping into a completely new environment with no one to guide you. You’ll have to navigate through unfamiliar territory, with new schedules, classrooms, and teachers to get used to. Although it will be overwhelming: Don’t isolate yourself! These relationships will be a valuable asset throughout the year. Remember, everyone is in the same boat, so don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it. With perseverance, determination, and a willingness to learn, you can thrive in this academic year.

End of the semester

Congratulations on making it halfway! You must have accomplished so much already. Your social circle is expanding and you’ve even organized a successful protest. However, it’s important not to neglect your studies. I know from personal experience that this is when many people start to fall behind. Keep up the good work and stay on top of your grades! Now that you are comfortable with your routine, you can start to venture out and participate more. I suggest playing a sport like lacrosse. These will look great on your college application. 

The End

As the academic year draws to a close, I want to extend my warmest congratulations to you! It’s completely natural to feel a sense of melancholy as you reflect on all the wonderful experiences you’ve had over the past few months. However, it’s important to keep in mind that every ending marks a new beginning. Before you pack up and leave for the summer, I encourage you to take a moment to express your gratitude to the amazing teachers who have helped you along the way. Additionally, don’t forget to tidy up your locker so that you can start fresh next year. Keep up the great work!